A Garden of Knowledge

This semester, our professor had us design “A Garden of Knowledge” through a series of images we would create. The site for our project was located in Bukchon, Jungdok Public Librar. In order to fulfill this primary theme, we would envision and portray a library that we built in our minds. Getting to that point, we had a lot of help from text we read about libraries and studying different structures as well. Through my project, I wanted to tell a story through the different illustrations and collages.

During our trip to the Jungdok Library, I took and chose images that deeply moved me. And as a result I realized most images contained an overlaying theme which focused on the shadows and light. I used this as my starting point of my project and developed from there.

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Interpreted this space without its outer facade. Within the library, the books seemed to be solely about books. Like the space was made of books, and the books were holding up the building rather than the other way around.

The books were accessible, but also exalted them.
Upon entering entrance and space, one is greeted with a dark narrow staircase leading up to an unknown space. After slipping up and through this dark ※crevice§ one is thrown into a grand vast space of light and action. This deep contrast of the library*s and staircase*s space introduces a moment, this concrete experience.

Asplund captured this experience within this structure; the real essence of architecture is that it is not just a background, it is a character within a medium.This illustration was created to demonstrate how the exterior structure didn*t overshroud what was already within, the light and the shadow that created an overall etheral effect. To portray this, the layers of the outer facade were intentionally peeled back.

Stockholm Library really emphasized the importance of moments and experiences.

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How does we define space? How does the space define us? I confronted these questions in the collage above.

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A library tends to be a place where people go searching for something. The above illustration reflects the new sense and feeling one obtains when visiting a place unfamiliar.

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I also decided to create an illustration that was my interpretation of the Jungdok Library.

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The above illustration was in response to the concept of the Babel Library.

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The Eight Great Events

Last fall, I was offered the chance to create a series of paintings for the Archives/Cultural Heritage Convention at Dongguk University. I created twelve paintings, summarizing and conveying the life of the Buddha, better known as the Eight Great Events.

1. Dream/ Announcement of the Imminent Birth

1_DreamPrior to his birth, Buddha’s mother had a dream that a great white elephant descended from the heavens and entered her right side. This Birth prophesized that the child born would become a great king or a Buddha.

2. Birth

2_BirthOn the Queen’s way to her parents’ house, she gave birth from her right side to the baby Buddha.

3. Buddha’s First Steps

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Upon his birth, the baby Buddha took seven steps, a lotus flower blossoming from each one, and on the final step raised and pointed his right finger to the sky.

4. Seeing the Snake

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Since Buddha’s father was terrified that his son would not choose the path of sovereignty, he had all negative influences banned from the palace, so the child lived in pure happiness and pleasure, until one fateful day where he saw a snake attacking and eating a frog in the palace garden.

5. Four Scenes of Human Existence

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When Buddha grew older, on his way towards the palace, he passed the outside market where he saw four things that deeply disturbed him; an old man, a sick man, a dead man and finally a wandering holy man who had given up his home and family to search for knowledge. Having always been protected from the harsh realities of life by his father who had been warned that his son would withdraw from the world should he encounter such sights, the Buddha had a moment of shock and revelation.

6. Renunciation

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As a result, the Buddha fled home in search of the purpose and meaning of his own life. He took off all his jewelry and fine clothes, cut his hair, and entered a life depending only on spirituality.

7. Visit from the Palace

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As the Buddha meditated and spent his days alone in the forest, people from the palace visited him and begged him to come back. But the Buddha’s did not comply.

8. Ascetism

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He continued to starve himself and seated himself under a Bodhi tree or ‘Tree of Wisdom’, vowing not to move until he had gained enlightenment and finally solved the mystery of human suffering.

9. Temptations

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During this period, he almost gave in to many temptations.

10. Enlightenment and First Teaching

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Siddhartha then entered deep meditation and through the following night had a succession of realisations that culminated in a final understanding of the cause of human suffering and sorrow. He saw his own successive re-births, how all beings passed into the higher and lower worlds and finally how craving, desire and ignorance are the cause of the process of re-birth. He then gave his First Sermon, which would precede the many he would give in his lifetime.

11. Buddha’s Travel and Purpose

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The Buddha spent the next forty-five years travelling throughout north eastern India teaching and ordaining monks.

12. Passing Away, Nirvana

09_NirvanaBefore his death,  the Buddha gave a last speech.

His final words were ‘Decay is inherent in all compounded things, work out your own salvation with diligence’. Then laying on his right side on a couch between two trees he passed into successively higher states of awareness and then into the final state of Nirvana.

Sneak Peek into “그리고” Series

As mentioned before, each book of the “그리고” Series tells a different story. Following this pattern, I illustrated each book in a different artistic style. I thought it’d be fun to give a sneak peek from my two favorite stories I had the luck to illustrate. The artwork is from, respectively, Book 1 and Book 5, the first a story that tells of a child on a journey to look for his cow, and the second of a king who eats way too much.

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From Book 5

All of the “그리고” Series is available at Interpark Books, Bandi and Luni’s, and KYOBO.
그리고 Series Interpark

The “그리고” Series is published and now available!!

Since 2012, when I published my first book, “The French Toast Revolution” back in California, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with an author towards illustrating a series of children books when I moved to Seoul in 2015.

The “그리고” series is comprised of seven books, seven separate fables, that I’ve had the opportunity to take joy and pride in. They’re now available for sale online at KYOBO Book Store, Interpark Books, and Bandi and Luni’s . They’re also for sale in hard copy at book store branches like KYOBO Book Store, Bandi and Luni’s and YP Books.

Here’s a link to the Interpark online book store:
그리고 Series Interpark

For more insight on my previously published book, “The French Toast Revolution”, click on the links below!

About | The French Toast Revolution

Amazon | The French Toast Revolution

Works for Sale

Here’s an updated official post listing all the works I’m selling!
If you’re interested, please email me at gracemoon206@yahoo.com

Buddha Portrait
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Fish Sketch
fish sketch

Aging Love
aging love

Coming Home
coming home

Whispers
whisper

Starry Night 
starry night

Self Portrait
self portrait copy

Fish? Why yes.
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Reminiscing
reminiscing

Retro Fish 
retro fish

DM me for prices, in addition to $20-$30 shipping.
Rates/prices vary in terms of currency.

Email me if you have any questions!

Studio VIDA Collaboration

hello! I’m thrilled to share with you my latest collection on VIDA!
This collection represents some of my best artwork from over the years and is very authentic to who I am as an artist. I’m excited today to share this work with you.

I’m really excited to collaborate with VIDA for this collection. VIDA is a new kind of fashion ecommerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our work to life. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

Below is the link that shows the items from this collection.

VISIT MY COLLECTION AT:  http://www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/grace-moon

Thank you so much!
Grace

Exclusive Interview w/ Business Insider

A couple of weeks ago, Google contacted me saying they wanted to do an article about past Doodle 4 Google winners, and I was lucky enough to talk to reporter Jillian D’Onfro. The interview brought back so many memories, and I’m still overwhelmed with how grateful I am for this opportunity.

Thank you so much again Business Insider and Yahoo! for featuring me in an exclusive interview, and thank you for linking my art blog heart emoticon
A really big shout out to everyone who pursue what they love.
You’re awesome.